[Risky alcohol drinking surveyed at a GP unit. Secondary prevention of alcohol problems in primary care patients]

Title[Risky alcohol drinking surveyed at a GP unit. Secondary prevention of alcohol problems in primary care patients]
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsEriksson, G, Spak, F, Andersson, C
Pagination1133-6, 1138-9
Date PublishedMar 8
Publication Languageswe
ISBN Number0023-7205 (Print)0023-7205 (Linking)
Accession Number10750386
Keywords*Alcohol Drinking, *Family Practice, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Alcohol-Related Disorders/blood/diagnosis/*prevention & control, Alcoholism/blood/diagnosis/*prevention & control, Biological Markers/analysis, Community Health Centers, Female, gamma-Glutamyltransferase/blood, Humans, Male, Mass Screening, Middle Aged, Questionnaires, Risk Factors, Sweden

This article describes an implementation of secondary prevention of alcohol abuse at a GP unit in southern Gothenburg, Sweden. During several periods between 1994 and 1996, screening for alcohol problems was performed using either AUDIT or a 4-item instrument called SWAG. In one part of the study, screening was simultaneously carried out using gamma-GT and MCV. The main object of screening efforts was to stimulate interest for alcohol-related conditions, and this goal was reached. The staff was trained in treatment techniques such as motivational interviewing (MI), bio-feedback using gamma-GT and delivery of concise information. Simple methods to determine level of motivation were used for treatment stratification. Some doctors reported that they had insufficient time for adequate MI treatment, and therefore a condensed model was sometimes used. A nurse-staffed treatment unit was started and successfully promoted work with alcohol problem. Attempts were made to spread these methods to other GP units in the region and this was partially successful, although support from the central primary care administration was not secured.

Original PublicationRiskbruk av alkohol kartlagt pa vardcentral. Sekundarprevention av alkoholproblem hos primarvardspatienter.
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